Democrats have accused Shanahan of hiding the list of projects as lawmakers considered a resolution disapproving of border move over the last several weeks. Both chambers of Congress ultimately passed that Democrat-authored resolution, resulting in the first veto of Trump’s presidency.
None of Georgia’s 16 members of Congress have weighed in on the list, which was sent to lawmakers late Monday. That includes the Georgians who serve on the House and Senate Armed Service committees and budget-writing appropriations panels.
The disapproval resolution divided the delegation along strict party lines. But the vote total obscured what had been a tough decision for many Republicans who have spent their Washington careers seeking to protect the state's nine military bases but are also under immense pressure to support the president's every move.
U.S. Sen. Jack Reed of Rhode Island, the top Democrat on the Senate Armed Services Committee, called the emergency “a slap in the face to our military that makes our border and the country less secure.”
Trump is “planning to take funds from real, effective operational priorities and needed projects and divert them to his vanity wall. That may help shore up his political base, but it could come at the expense of our military bases and the men and women of our Armed Forces who rely on them,” said Reed, whose office released Shanahan’s document.
Democrats are not expected to secure enough support to override the president’s veto when House members cast their votes next week.
The Pentagon list included $271 million worth of Georgia projects, but funding for at least one of the eight local projects has already been taken off the table. The Army awarded a contract last month for the construction of a 12-story air traffic control tower at Fort Benning.